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Meet the 2019 Annual of the Year

Meet one of the most touchable, versatile and easy plants you'll ever grow - Lemon Coral® Sedum. Whether you're planning your container recipes or redoing a garden bed, you'll find a use for this fabulous succulent. Let's take a closer look. 

2019 Annual of the Year

Who wouldn't want a plant that's so worry-free and has such vivid color? Lemon Coral shines brightly from spring through fall with its fun textured, glowing chartreuse to granny smith apple green, succulent foliage.

Lemon Coral plays nicely with others in containers and landscapes without being a bully and won't wilt if you forget to water for a few days. No spent flowers to deal with, no crazy growth to restrain–just plant and enjoy. If only everything in life was so simple! 

Distinguishing Qualities:

  • Incredibly easy to grow
  • Spiky-yet-soft texture
  • Bold, fresh color all season
  • Grows in full sun and part sun
  • Versatile in containers and landscapes
  • Plays well with others
  • Vigorous, heat tolerant and drought tolerant
  • 3-10” tall x 10-14” spread
  • Commonly grown as an annual, but is hardy in zones 7-11

Care Tips:

Grow Lemon Coral in full sun to part sun in soil that is well-drained. When planting in containers, use a good quality potting soil and make sure there is at least one drainage hole in the bottom of the pot. This is a drought tolerant succulent that does not like its roots to sit in wet soil. Its color will be brightest in full sun. 

This is a spreading/trailing plant that will grow to form a small scale groundcover or trail over the sides of your container. It is not a rampant spreader, but if it does grow larger than you'd like it to, simply prune or snap off the parts of the plant you don't want.

How does the Annual of the Year program work?

With so many new plants being introduced each year, picking out the best for your garden can be a mindboggling experience. Gardeners want beautiful plants that will live up to their picture in the catalog, and retailers want to offer reliable plants with which their customers will experience success. With that aim in mind, we created the National Plant of the Year program which includes the Annual of the Year as well as six other categories. (Find them all here.)

The Making of a Champion

The National Plants of the Year are never chosen at random. To reach this highest designation, Proven Winners annuals, perennials and shrubs must meet a strict set of criteria including:

  1. Easy to Grow - Easy for both growers and gardeners to grow. It shouldn’t take an expert to grow beautiful flowers.
  2. Iconic - Easily recognizable at a glance, the National Plants of the Year have an iconic style unmatched by lookalikes.
  3. Readily Available - These plants are easy to find locally or online. We announce the National Plants of the Year well in advance so retailers can be sure to stock their benches with these popular plants.
  4. Perfect for Baskets and Containers - The Annual of the Year grows beautifully in hanging baskets as well as upright patio containers and window boxes.
  5. Outstanding Landscape Performance - Not just for containers, these plants also deliver a knockout performance when planted in landscapes.



Want to learn more? Check out our website dedicated to the National Plant of the Year program: and explore our Pinterest board.

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Anonymous's picture
Anonymous Tue, 03/19/2019 - 3:33pm

I want this plant! Looked at all of our local nurseries and have asked, but no one seems to have this beautiful plant.

Cecilia Garrison's picture
Cecilia Garrison Fri, 05/10/2019 - 4:35pm

I found some at Home Depot today. Also found them at a place called, I think , Garden Crossing, in Michigan.

Cecilia Garrison's picture
Cecilia Garrison Fri, 05/10/2019 - 4:35pm

I found some at Home Depot today. Also found them at a place called, I think , Garden Crossing, in Michigan.

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Anonymous Fri, 01/25/2019 - 2:14pm

This plant looks very similar to Angelina. How do they differ- other than one is an annual while the other is perennial?

Kerry Meyer's picture
Kerry Meyer Thu, 02/07/2019 - 3:47pm

That's a good question.  In my experience, Angelina can get somewhat woody and kind of hard-looking over time.  I think part of that is as the plant ages, the stems do get harder and as it gets colder the plant will change color and it won't look again.  Angelina does recover and look fresh again when new growth occurs in the spring, but the look and feel of the plant varies over the season.

Lemon Coral on the other hand pretty much always look really nice and fresh green - unless you are really drought stressing it, then it won't look as good as it usually does.  Lemon Coral also has a much denser branching structure, so the plant looks much fuller than Angelina generall does. While the leaves of Angelina can be tough when you touch them, Lemon Coral has a very soft feel to it.  I always feel compelled to touch it when I am standing near it!  Lemon Coral will also grow more quickly than Angelina and works well in combination planters with other plants that would overwhelm Angelina.

They do at first glance look very similar, but there are substantial differences. If you want a perennial, Angelina is the choice, but otherwise I think Lemon Coral is a nicer looking plant overall.

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Susan Kinyon Mon, 12/10/2018 - 1:15am

Love, love, love this Lemon Coral Sedum. Delighted to read it has been named a Plant of the Year for 2019! I used it extensively in my yard as accent plants . . . and it was stunning last summer. Plan to do so again in 2019. Apparently a lot of others also found this plant and love it. (I'm in Zone 5-b and use it as an annual.) Good job, PROVEN WINNERS!

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Cindy Meyers Tue, 02/26/2019 - 12:55pm

The plants in the last photo are Lemon Coral Sedum,( Colorblaze Lime Time Coleus ( and Colorblaze Royale Apply Brandy Coleus (

Thank you!
Proven Winners

Anonymous's picture
Anonymous Sun, 02/17/2019 - 1:06pm

Does anyone know the plant pairings in the last photo? Love that look and would like to know what the other plants are.


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Anonymous Fri, 01/25/2019 - 8:51pm

I planted this last summer and am determined to get more. I’m very lucky to be in zone 7 as it’s supposed to come back this year. I sure hope so cause it was pricey. Now that I know how soft and pretty it is in person I will definitely get more. So glad to know it’ll be easier to find.

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